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NRA Ad Introduces America to ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ Michael Bloomberg

Earlier this year, Michael Bloomberg laid out his master plan for destroying the NRA, promising to spend $50 million to defeat pro-gun candidates in the midterms. Now the gun rights organization is firing back with an ad campaign that offers the rest of the country a crash course in the former mayor's war on things that are delicious, fun, and unhealthy. In the commercial, which will air nationally, a woman driving a red Chevy pickup describes Bloomberg as a "billionaire, elitist, hypocrite" who wants to "ban your snack food, your soda, and most of all your gun." She concludes by telling him to "Keep your politics in New York, and keep your hands off our guns."

The accompanying website warns Bloomberg that "money doesn't always win." »

Meet the Very White, Pro-Police Supporters of Darren Wilson, Online and in Ferguson

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has not yet been charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and may never be. But just in case, there's already more than $30,800 raised in his name, "for any financial needs [Wilson and his family] may have including legal fees."  In one day, the GoFundMe page "Support Officer Darren Wilson" has received more than 800 donations, well on its way to a fund-raising goal of $100,000.

"He did his job correctly!" wrote Peter Ilica, who gave $100. "He needs the money now!"


What If Sexism Is Actually Great?

We were wrong about street sexual harassment. It is not, as we have written, man’s sad, nonspecific attempt to assert his dominance, show off for his bros, or get us to look up from our phones. According to New York Post writer Doree Lewak, a catcall is a compliment: a due appraisal of her physical worth, and a rare opportunity to hear a man’s opinion. Lewak explains: “It’s not brain science — when a total stranger notices you, it’s validating.” But especially a male stranger.

Lewak’s column got us thinking: What other feminist bêtes noires have we been majorly wrong about? Herewith, a rosier take on some of the Cut’s past subjects.


Paying Journalists in Ferguson Is Good, But Crowdfunding Won’t Save the News Business

Lessons 1 through 1,000 of this week's standoff in Ferguson, Missouri, are about race, power, police brutality, the militarization of law enforcement, and the misuse of the apparatus of state control. But if you squint hard enough, way down on the list — around number 1,324, maybe — is a debate about crowdfunding and the Future of News.

You see, an Oakland-based crowdfunding start-up called Beacon (not to be confused with the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative tabloid) is making it possible for members of the general public to support independent journalists in Ferguson. The site has raised nearly $4,000 for on-the-ground Ferguson coverage, and several journalists backed by the site have produced credible, competitive news stories. All of which has stirred some excitement about this innovative new model of paying for journalism. "Can we crowdfund breaking news?" asked a post on Beacon's blog.


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